One high school senior with a heart of gold made Valentine’s season a little sweeter for more than 800 girls in his Utah school.
Hayden Godfrey, 17, gave every every single girl a flower for the holiday.
The Smithfield resident saved up his money for a year and a half to afford the $450 it cost to purchase 900 carnations from an online wholesaler, he told ABC News today. He began earning the money by working three different odd jobs.
According to ABC News, every Valentine’s Day since he was 14, Godfrey would anonymously send flowers to dozens of his friends, he said. The project grew larger until he decided he wanted to make “as many people as possible” happy this Valentine’s Day.
Erin Godfrey, Hayden’s mom, said he first got the idea in middle school, when he noticed some girls didn’t receive anything on the romantic holiday.
“That broke his heart on Valentine’s Day,” she told ABC News today. She added: “He wanted every girl to feel joy.”
According to ABC News, Godfrey ordered the flowers to his home three weeks in advance and enlisted the help of about 20 friends to help him process and cut the 24-inch stems after they arrived.
His girlfriend of six months and fellow classmate, 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp, called Godfrey’s gesture “very special” and said every girl walked out of school with a “giant smile on their face.”
“I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Days not receiving anything,” she told ABC News. “I know how it feels.”
He even worked with school administration to pull off his Valentine’s Day plan, said ABC News. Assistant Principal Curt Hanks helped Godfrey by providing a headcount of the number of female students enrolled at the school and arranging for him and his friends to interrupt the last classes of the day to pass them out.
“I think that he’s an amazing kid,” Hanks said of Godfrey. “I’m speechless at his actions.”